We are inclusive, lighthearted, and dedicated to making yoga enjoyable, beneficial, and doable for all people. Every teacher has a different style and approach, which enables us to provide variety and keeps things interesting. All of our teachers are friendly, caring, highly qualified, and skilled at adapting yoga for individual bodies.
Witnessing people improving their health, emotional wellbeing, relationships, and lives through the powerful practice of yoga is the best part of teaching yoga for Christa.
Since her first class in 2005, her yoga and meditation practice has been a constant source of healing, inspiration, and connection through stressful jobs and career changes, cancer, major knee surgery, a huge move to New Zealand (and back again), pregnancy, the transition to motherhood – and all the moments in between.
Each class with Christa is a mind-body-spirit experience that is at the same time accessible and light-hearted.
She has been teaching yoga since 2010, has over 1800 teaching hours, and earned her 500-Hour certification through the Himalayan Institute – the highest level recognized by Yoga Alliance. She holds an additional certification in the Anatomy and Physiology of Yoga from Yoga Synergy in Australia.
Christa is the owner of Kindred Yoga LLC, and the creator and Director of the Kindred Yoga teacher training program.
Kelly Pender is an International Yoga Instructor, Retreat Leader & Holistic Health Coach on her path to empower others to rediscover their voice through mind, body, soul connection. She began practicing yoga in her teens, but it wasn't until a few years ago that she started to dive deep into her practice and experienced a lifestyle shift. By connecting back to herself & her roots; she discovered her voice. She began to say 'yes' to herself. She took the bold step of quitting her job full of broken promises and began to pursue her own passion.
Kelly’s yoga classes are filled with the intention of empowering her students. You will experience a connection back to your center, inspiration to find your true voice, and ultimately empower your path.
Samantha Barrett has 600+ combined hours of training in Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yin Yoga, studying with world-renowned teachers from the Off the Mat Into the World organization and completing teacher training courses “Yoga, Purpose, and Action”, “Yoga for Trauma”, and “Yoga for Inclusivity”.
Sam aims to make her classes accessible for all. Meet her on the mat and you will find a practice that stays true to the 8-limbed path of Yoga by honoring movement, breath, and meditation. Her trauma-informed classes offer resources for self-regulation and balance, allowing students to move from thinking to feeling. Each class she creates an environment that is authentic and safe, empowering students to hold space for the light and dark within.
David Pittenger began his yoga journey in earnest in 1999 upon meeting his teacher the renowned master teacher and yogini of the Maha Bhairavi Yoga and Shri Vidya traditions - Maa Parvathi Nandanath Saraswati. David is a certified yoga instructor experienced in teaching students of all levels. David draws from a 20 year carrier as a professional ballet dancer to help inform his gentle approach to teaching asana. David also teaches in the Saraswati River lineage and brings into his classes elements of meditation, mantra, pranayama, and authentic yoga and tantric philosophy.
David's interest in Yoga began when he came across the book The Sivananda Companion to Yoga; the asanas he learned helped him to extend his dance career and help heal his body from years of dance injuries and multiple surgeries.
David grew up in Bowie, Maryland and attended the North Carolina School of the Arts, Pennsylvania Ballet and Milwaukee schools. Some of David’s dance accolades include his 10-years as principal dancer with the American Repertory Ballet and Ballet Austin as well as performing with several other companies such as Lines Contemporary Ballet in San Francisco and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet in New York City.
David's biggest joy in life is his wife, three children, 6 cats and being graced and honored to offer these teachings in community.
David also offers private yoga and meditation sessions as well as Thai Yoga massage.
Carlos is a Certified Hatha Yoga Instructor and a Dance/Movement Therapist. He completed a Master Degree in Performing Arts at the Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid and a Dance Movement Therapy Master Degree at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
He is certified with more than 300 hours at Yoga Center Madrid, Om Therapy School and Yoga Union NYC. His work is focused on body alignment, breathing, conscious movement and meditation. He is an member of the American Dance Therapy Association.
Jolene Hutton started her practice of yoga in 2004. After 10 years of having an on and off love with the yoga mat and having 2 children, she decided to finally dedicate herself to her physical and mental health, completing her 200hrYTT at Banyan Yoga & Ayurveda, PA 2015.
Yoga has helped Jolene develop a full expression of herself and she is dedicated to helping others find this passion and self expression through fun and spirited yoga practices. After dealing with a serious back injury her classes are now focused on safety, strength, and functional movement.
Breath work, alignment & the harmony between mind, body, and spirit all join together in a non-judgmental environment. Come for a giggle, a workout and leave feeling inspired and ready to take on the world.